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by , 15th September 2012 at 07:29 AM (486 Views)
Originally, I posted this on Facebook, but since the people there act like they have the literal IQ of a potato, I'm moving it here. (No offense to any potatoes, though.)



Memes weren't supposed to be mainstream. They weren't supposed to be considered cool, made fanart of, or worn as merchandise. They were meant simply as a humorous way to express yourself, and NOT as a way to be 'cool' and 'legit'. Now, I see it everywhere: on T-shirts, on pins, on bags, everywhere. And it's pissing me off.

Instead of memes adding to the creativity of a joke, they are becoming the JOKE ITSELF. And that's terrible.

And they certainly, CERTAINLY did NOT come from 9GAG. You cannot put (c) 9GAG on ANYTHING. You CANNOT copyright a MEME.

A meme is "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture."

Can you copyright this? An idea that spreads from person to person? Occupy Wall Street is technically a meme. Let me see you copyright THAT.

/rant
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  1. Gama's Avatar
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  2. H-con's Avatar
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    Says the person who has an avatar with a Pokémemes watermark on.
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  3. Karamazov's Avatar
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    I wish I could like this blog more than once.
  4. UnovaCastaway's Avatar
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    Come on, memes are part of a culture.

    I, for one, like seeing Internet things go mainstream, just as long as they aren't used too cheesily.
  5. Ghetsis-Dennis's Avatar
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    What about cats used for the lolcat images, should they be copyrighted too?
  6. Dragonfyre's Avatar
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    @H-con; It's not the memes themselves that I dislike. I like them. It's the attitude a lot of people have towards them that I hate. I, for one, am not strutting around going "OMG LOOK I KNOW THESE THINGS CALLED RAGE FACES AREN'T THEY KEWL LOOK I HAVE A SHIRT AND A BAG AND A POSTER I'M SO AWESOME."

    Although...I do hate the fact that Memebase's builder watermarks what you build. If I could find a builder that DOESN'T watermark, I'd use it.

    However, it's still not as bad as people making Derpina fanart and putting (c)9GAG on the side. And for what it's worth, Memebase's watermark is much less noticeable and easily removable. Also, they seem to be more for advertising than copyright. It's not (c)Memebase.

    @G-Mama; The memes themselves don't suck. The way people behave about it suck. To them, Knowing About Memes=Cool Status. That's what pisses me off. They're nothing special.

    @UnovaCastaway; But that's it. They are used too cheesily. And as a Badge of Coolness when it shouldn't be.

    @Ghetsis-Dennis; OMG THATS MAI CAT YOU PAY ROYALTY (c) The Cat Lady
    Updated 15th September 2012 at 11:09 AM by Dragonfyre
  7. H-con's Avatar
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    Although...I do hate the fact that Memebase's builder watermarks what you build. If I could find a builder that DOESN'T watermark, I'd use it.
    errr, two minutes in a paint-esque program or something like that?
  8. Dragonfyre's Avatar
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    Builders are still easier.

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